Report: Immigration legislation increases by 64 percent nationwide in 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - State immigration laws and resolutions increased 64 percent nationwide in 2013, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Overall, 45 states and the District of Columbia passed 184 laws and 253 resolutions on the topic of immigration last year.

Excluding resolutions, state immigration laws increased 18 percent.

The report cites two actions in 2012 as possible reasons for the uptick in immigration laws in 2013: the Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. United States and the federal policy that temporarily prevented young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

In Arizona v. United States, the Supreme Court struck down several parts of SB 1070, a controversial state law aimed at curbing illegal immigration. This type of legislation, called omnibus legislation, attempts to cover various aspects of the law related to immigration, including E-verify, driver's licensing, law enforcement, in one overarching bill. Only one state, Georgia, enacted omnibus immigration legislation in 2013, according to the report.

Texas had the most resolutions, contributing 96 over the course of the year. The top issue across the country was related to driver's licenses and identification, accounting for 35 laws in 21 states. Delaware, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire and Wyoming did not enact any legislation related to immigration last year.

Read the full 2013 Immigration Report from the National Conference on State Legislatures here

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